For this list, I tried to not put as many popular shows as I did ones that are lesser known (but deserve to be known). If they are popular, it’s just because they’re that good. The list includes Australian, British, and American television shows that are either just available on Hulu, or available on Hulu as well as other sites.
- Fresh Meat
Fresh Meat is what I started watching once I finished up The Inbetweeners. Full of posers, loners, geeks, and wannabes, Fresh Meat is a show about every kind of person you could really ever find in college. There’s Vod, a complete punk rocker who likes to party and go to rallies. Oregon, who really just copies everything Vod does to try and fit in. Then there is Kingsley, a pretty normal and nice guy who gets teased a bit and doesn’t know what he’s doing with his life. Josie, a posh girl who is basically Kingsley but knows even less about what she’ll do until she dies. There’s Howard, a kind geology student who mumbles and has strange mannerisms. And finally, you have JP, the worst roommate you could ever ask for, the guy you hated in high school, and the richest guy in the place. Really, it’s fun to see how they all get along in their dorm.
- The Mindy Project
Mindy Kaling makes me happy. I loved her in The Office, so starting The Mindy Project only made sense. Here’s the premise: Mindy plays Mindy, an OB/GYN doctor who has to deal with everyone at her workplace, along with trying to figure out a love life for herself. Sounds pretty normal, but Mindy makes it adorable and hilarious.
If I had to pick one good thing that came from ABC Family changing their name to Freeform (whyyyy), it would be that their new objective is to target to young adults. And thus came Shadowhunters! Completely redoing the horrible movie that was The Mortal Instruments: City of Bone, the television network turned it into a television show.
Out of every show right now targeted for that age range, Shadowhunters has to be the one to watch. It doesn’t go overboard with romance, they stick with a plot and make it work, they have a gorgeous, diversified cast, it’s based off of a book and does a decent job, etc. It’s everything the movie wasn’t and is much more faithful to the books.
Cookie slays! Empire is all about the glitz and glam of the music industry, but not without plot twists, spite, and an insane amount of drama. Only, it doesn’t get annoying, because this show has a strong, powerful woman at it’s front. Tariji P. Henson, who plays Cookie Lyon, does not hold back with anything in her role. She’s terrifyingly lovely and I wish I could be just like her. The show is really about 3 sons who are all trying to win their father’s music empire, but really, everyone knows that the show’s all about Cookie.
- The O.C.
When I saw that The O.C was on Hulu, I freaked out a bit. The O.C. is the only soap opera that I will ever watch. Alongside Dawson’s Creek and One Tree Hill, The O.C. is a drama that surrounds itself with high school troubles, the problems from adolescence to adulthood, and every possible situation that could happen in life.
Ryan, played by Gotham’s Ben McKenzie, is a kid from the wrong side of the tracks who is introduced into the world of Orange County. He navigates this new world with a cute next-door neighbour and a best friend/brother who loves Death Cab for Cutie (This character is the best one on the show. Who doesn’t love a lanky kid with great music taste?)
- The Fades
With only 6 episodes, The Fades is a very short and quick show to watch. Quality over quantity though, right? A high schooler named Paul begins having dreams that show him the end of the world. If that’s not bad enough, they start coming true. But, wait! It only gets worse when Paul starts seeing creatures of death called The Fades. It’s disturbing and intriguing AND it’s British, which basically means you should watch it.
- Moone Boy
This is my favorite Hulu Original show. Moone Boy is all about a boy and his imaginary friend, Sean Murphy. The boy, Martin Moone, comes up with situations that Sean is usually against, but goes along with it anyways, making it a cute friendship because of how much they care about each other.
Martin knocks down walls and invites himself over to a friend’s house to eat his food and Sean is right there beside him, making him feel better and laughing at his jokes. It’s cute, and you don’t have to watch it in order to know what’s going on, which is good for background watching and destressing.
This is one that I actually haven’t seen… I’ve heard so many great things about it, though, so I decided to put it on the list. A high school teacher, played by James Franco, is sent back in time to prevent Lee Harvey Oswald from assassinating John F. Kennedy on November 22nd, 1963 (hence the title). He starts falling in love and also gets more and more involved with the past, which threatens both his mission and his life.
- You, Me and the Apocalypse
Jenna Fischer plays an inmate who allegedly hacked the NSA and Rob Lowe literally plays the Devil’s Advocate who works at the Vatican. The apocalypse is happening, there are alleged children of God, there’s an evil twin, and Nick Offerman is in a dress. A man named Jamie goes out to find his birth mother and ends up finding a LOT more than he expected by the time the day of judgement comes around. It’s a comedy that I love watching and would highly recommend it to anyone.
- Please Like Me
Josh Thomas, the creator, writer, and star of Please Like Me, probably woke up one day and decided that he was just gonna write a tv show based on awkward things that have happened or probably would happen to him. He plays the fictionalized version of himself and his best friend in real life plays his best friend onscreen, too. After breaking up with his girlfriend, Josh realizes he’s gay. (Fun fact: halfway through writing the show, he actually realized he was gay and forgot to tell the production manager when he changed the whole show to fit that.) Before he tells anyone, his mother attempts suicide and suddenly he’s whisked away to live with her.
The show is praised for having multiple characters with mental illness and disorders in a comedy that doesn’t ignore them or make fun of them; the show rather makes light of the situations they get themselves into. Along with dealing with his mother, Josh attempts to have relationships and doesn’t succeed. His best friend, Tom, also tries to have relationships and fails. His friends and family interact with each other which leads to awkward situations that Josh hilariously narrates with his cute Australian accent. You can’t help but love everything about the show! It’s divine.